No. 3 Florida Panthers vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils
The No. 6 seed is really a choice placement in most playoff years because it guarantees a team the chance to play the weakest of all the division winners in the first round. Such is the case for New Jersey which gets to play a struggling Florida team in round one. The Panthers really have played over their heads all year, and I think are coming back to earth right now. The Devils have been steady all season and still have Martin Brodeur in net.
If it's one thing you learn as a hockey fan, never count Brodeur out.
Devils in five.
Correct: Devils in seven (4-3)
No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers
This is by far the most difficult series to predict. You have two excellent teams that are, at the moment, playing excellent hockey. You'd like to look at playoff experience and say one has the edge over the other. You can't do that here. Goaltending is pretty much at a push, even though Marc Andre-Fleury of Pittsburgh has been more consistent.
I think it comes down to the fact that the Penguins are now fully healthy and capable of beating anyone in a seven-game series. This one truly could go either way, but I'll be surprised if it doesn't go the full distance.
Penguins in seven.
Incorrect: Flyers in six (4-2)